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Topkapi(1964)

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  • Topkapi

    • Dashiell B.
    • 3/3/13

    After directing possibly one of the greatest caper films "Riffifi," director Dassin again plans another heist. Ustinov won his second & last Academy Award as a sucker who gets involved with a crew of amateur thieves to steal a jewel-encrusted dagger in Istanbul. Unlike "Riffifi" which was in gritty B/W, "Topkapi" thrives with colour, Dassin's thrills are as entertaining as the humour. Sometimes more of style over substance, but a fun caper nonetheless. I give it a 4/5.

  • a gem, a great big gem

    • desertdweller
    • 4/16/12

    Few films successfully blend two genres; it is especially tricky to use comedic elements. Usually directors end up with something like an apple pie cake; it better be great or it will be a mess. This film is delicious through and through. Somehow all its the odd elements combine. The top star here is actually Peter Ustinov who creates a sympathetic and engaging character out of an inept small-time con-man. Melina Mercouri is at her mesmerizing best, both glamourous and utterly approachable. There is nothing icy about her. With these two broad characters -- played by scene stealers -- Maximilian Schell wisely underplays his role. Yet he too is charming and engaging. I admit a particular fondness for the setting and scenery of the film. The Greek and Turkish coastlines are gorgeous and well photographed. Somehow the scenery never comes off as a travelogue, but complements the film's goings on.By the way, the story is about a jewel heist from a remarkable setting. That is an apt metaphor for the whole film, jewels in sumptuous setting.

  • Topkapi (1964)

    • James Higgins
    • 1/7/10

    I don't know what it is about Jules Dassin, I just never seem to like his work as much as most. The same with Melina Mercouri, what can I say, she irritates me. It's a good story, Peter Ustinov is fine, but I just don't see it as great. Nice locale shooting, colorful, but it just didn't thrill me.

  • Great Fun!

    • Teddy Kaye
    • 6/16/08

    This heist movie is entertaining from beginning to end. The ending goes right into the actor credits. The credits alone are fun and uplifting.

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